Introducing Anishinaabe Bimishimo

  16-year-old Émilie McKinney is from Swan Lake First Nation, Manitoba. She is a bilingual student, an international dancer (hoop, fancy, jingle, traditional) and an artist who wanted to make herself a new jingle dress.

  She and her Mom; Natalie Foidart, called their local supplier to get jingles and he explained that he had retired. There was no one in the area who made them, so Émilie decided that she wanted to make them locally herself.

  Émilie drew up a logo and a five year plan so that she could be the new Canadian manufacturer, supplier and designer of jingles and worked closely with her mom, Natalie Foidart to get her business started. After researching various meanings to words and careful consideration, she chose Anishinaabe (it’s who she is, a Native Canadian, First Nation Person) Bimishimo (dancing by) Corporation.   

 John Bead is honored to have been one of the companies that Émilie McKinney (along with her mom, Natalie Foidart) met with during their initial research and we are excited to be the first distributor to support their new business. 

“I’m really thankful for Daniel John to have personally taken time to answer our many questions on numerous occasions and for his guidance as well. We are excited to have our products available at John Bead Corporation.” – Émilie McKinney 

The logo has special meaning.

“The outer circle represents the world around us in full circle and the inner circle is a reminder of the full circle within ourselves. The tipi symbolizes home, family, where the heart is and the open tipi door welcomes ideas, hope, dreams, dance and people. The medicine wheel is a reminder to follow and never forget the sacred teachings including being humble, asking for help when needed and to show appreciation when it is given. Anishinaabe Bimishimo is written because it represents her and the feathers on either end. Feathers are used in prayer, for smudging, and in regalia.”

Canadian made using mild steel which has a very different sound than other jingles.

Nickel, Brass and Copper options.

Embossed flat plates or cones.

1.75 inch and 2.6 inch sizes (great for adult and childrens projects)

Swarovski Crystal Innovations & Inspirations for Spring/Summer 2019 “Wanderlust” Flags

Wanderlust includes four trend themes: “Culture” reflects the contemporary desire to add creativity and color to the everyday by using cities as urban backdrops for a more inclusive artistic expression, rather than traditional galleries. “Freedom” recalls the 70s “take it easy” surfer mantra, seeking calming sensorial experience as a counterbalance to frenetic living. “Adventure” speaks to the quest for solitude, expressed in nomadic, off-the-beaten-track travel, and a life more in tune with nature. “Leisure” celebrates the new inclusivity of the seafaring world: previously the preserve of the elite, yachting is now the emblem of “barefoot luxury”—using leisure time to sail off to the next secret destination.

When Swarovski launches a new collection it is showcased within a series of flags created by the trends office in Austria.  These flags feature some of the most unique and inspired applications.  Here are some wonderful ideas!

Add thick cords and sew crystals in place with embroidery threads.  Add pearls and shells too.

Layer die cut leathers and embellish with iron-on flat backs to create stunning floral motifs.

Create gardens in leather and add crystals and pearls for 3D enhancements.

Create your own patterns with iron-on crystals.

Layer cut fabrics with iron-on crystals and use pearls for focal points.

Crystal waves are gorgeous, as are shapes which are easily recognizable.

These lines are fluid and colourful with iron-on crystals.

Big crystals framed by iron-on shapes stand out and look incredible.

The color options in iron-on crystals are endless.  Pairing them with woven fabrics is gorgeous.

Large shapes are easy to spot when thin lines point directly to them in crystal.

Collaging with pearls, crystals and metal.  This scattering effect is brilliant.

Placing shaped iron-on crystals between laced elements is showing attention to detail.

Braided embroidery thread rope and crystal is inspired.

Layering with both leather and then beads, pearls, cabs and iron-on crystals.  Impactful!

Another simple but stunning effect.

All of these elements combine to create a fun look.  This would be gorgeous on a jean jacket.

New way to add stripes.

Floral elements that stop traffic.

On this sample, the tiny pearls look wonderful sewn as a cross or just at either end of the stone.

Here we see unique ways to add leather so it becomes a component.

This tiny fringe makes a pocket shape.

Embroidery is enhanced with crystal always!

This is a gorgeous idea for attaching two peices together.

Take a peek at how fabulous crystal looks on something simple like burlap.

These flowers are laser cut plastic.  They look spectacular with crystal additions.

Stunning haute couture style.

Crystals magnified with sequins as a background.

More braided fiber with crystals in a setting.  Wonderful.

There is no way you could not see these flags without getting one or several great ideas!!

The Latest in 3Cut Beads!

With 15 new colors in our collection, 
we now have forty-nine 9/0 3cut beads
available in loose or strung for you to choose from.

 

These are the 3 cut 9/0 seed beads used by artisan
Stephanie Pangowish for the necklace.

Spring Arrived With a Gorgeous New Statement Necklace

In the next few weeks, you will see a new John Bead advertisement in all the magazines we take a full page in.

The featured beads are in this statement necklace by Lena Gillespie.

She was challenged with one task.  Show us how the four beads we are promoting this spring can look together.  The beads shown are:

TRIOS Bead

ZOLiDUO

BOW (TM)

Candy (TM)

We think Lena has single handedly brought spring to our company!

 

 

TRIOS Bead Step by Step

The TRIOS ring component is a fast and easy bead to create.  Once you make one, you’ll make many.  They look wonderful in groups as illustrated in our first free PDF step by step project.  This is an ideal beginner beading project.

The Trios Ring PDF Project was written and designed by Debra Schwartz for John Bead Corp.  Original necklace and bead concept by Lena Gillespie.